VegKitchen’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Summer fruits in bowls

The nicest thing you can do for the mom in your life is to make her a tasty and healthy brunch. But if you wish to get her a little something as well, here are a few of our favorite recommendations for books and products that make great gifts. From handcrafted vegan chocolate to cookbooks to kitchen tools, have fun exploring this list of affordable and useful gift ideas.

Lagusta's Luscious fair trade vegan chocolates New Paltz, NY

Lagusta’s Luscious Fine Handmade Confections
New Paltz (a funky college town in New York’s Hudson Valley, just 90 miles north of Manhattan) is very lucky—it’s the home of Lagusta’s Lusciousa cornucopia of sensuous pleasures for the palate, mainly centered around chocolate. It’s a business with a lot of heart—the delicious confections and pastries are organic, fair trade, and vegan. The ingredients are sourced from small producers, local farms, and artisans. Read more …

Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas - cover
Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas
Everyone wants to eat more leafy greens these days, from kale to collards, from arugula to bok choy. This book has been flying off the shelves, helping to demystify greens and bring out the best qualities of each, easily and deliciously. These 125 dishes (plus tons of tips) showcase the most commonly used varieties in an irresistible selection
of soups, salads, stews, stir-fries, pastas, and more. Read more …

literary ladies' guide to the writing lifeThe Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life by Nava Atlas

OK, so this isn’t food related, but it is food for the soul, and a great gift for women (and soon-to-be college grads) who love to read and write. This illustrated, full-color book presents twelve celebrated women authors and draws on their diaries, letters, memoirs, and interviews to show how they expressed their views on the subjects of importance to every writer– from carving out time to write to conquering their inner demons to developing a “voice” to balancing the demands of family life with the need to write. Read more …

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Progressive International 3-Quart Collapsible Salad Spinner

As a huge fan of salads of all kinds, I can’t believe that I lived this long without a salad spinner. So when Progressive International sent me their collapsible salad spinner to try out, I was interested, but not not exactly excited. After one try, though, I was sold! I might never have put a salad spinner on a list of “must-have” kitchen gadgets, but I think I’ve changed my tune. Read more … 

Salad dressing shakerProgressive International Dressing Shaker

Commercial salad dressings, even the “natural” brands, are often ridiculously expensive and high in fat. Making salad dressing at home is so easy, but I often get lazy about it because several items need to be messed up and then washed — bowl, whisk, measuring cups, spoons. And then I need to find a clean bottle with a tight lid to pour it into. Read more… 

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World Cuisine Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer

As the weather gets warmer, I like to add more raw food to my daily fare. Last year, I was particularly intrigued with the idea of making raw “noodles” from zucchini and summer squash, as I’d seen demonstrated in a number of raw food videos and books. To be honest, I doubt that zucchini—even raw—is as nutritious as pasta, which at least can boast protein and B vitamins; but in my case it has been more a matter of feeling lighter and digesting better. Read more …



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